Henrik Zetterberg will eventually land in the Hockey Hall of Fame. But it won’t be quick enough to please Detroit Red Wings fans.
The Detroit fan base was generally miffed that Henrik Zetterberg didn’t get into the HHOF in his first year of eligibility. Few took solace in the fact Daniel Alfredsson, who played one season for Detroit, was selected.
That left Detroit fans flocking to social media to make their case for Zetterberg. Unlike the four players selected Monday, Zetterberg won a Stanley Cup and earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of that playoff run. Like Alfredsson, he won the King Clancy award. Alfredsson won the Calder Trophy. Zetterberg finished second in his rookie season.
He’s one of 30 players in the Triple Gold Club . That means he won the Stanley Cup, IIHF World Championship and Olympic gold medal. Zetterberg is 103rd on the NHL points list with 960 points. He’s tied for 82nd with 64 game-winning goals. Zetterberg probably earns plenty of bonus points for intangibles like leadership, perseverance and ability to rise up in big games.
Two years ago, a study on the probability of players entering the HHOF pegged Zetterberg at owning a 79.3% chance of making the HHOF. One flaw of the HHOF process is candidates must compete on a year-to-year basis against other players who become eligible. Being selected each year comes down to who the opponents are.
By the way, the probability study pegged Pavel Datsyuk’s HHOF chances at 97.1%,
H. Sedin: 0.80 points/game career
D. Sedin: 0.79 points/game career
H. Zetterberg: 0.88 points/game career
Apparently blowing a 2-0 and 3-2 lead in the same SCF gets you in the HHOF in the year 2022 ☠️
PS: Chris Osgood also has a better career GAA than Roberto Luongo https://t.co/qqEnSNV7sx
— Red Wings Diehards™ (@RedWingDiehards) June 27, 2022
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